KUALA Lumpur has its fair share of historical and touristy spots. But some locals are not aware of its existence in the city.
The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery in Jalan Raja near the historical enclave of Dataran Merdeka is where people can view some old photographs and admire miniature models of Kuala Lumpur’s popular landmarks.
The gallery is inside a 119-year-old heritage building, which was formerly the Government Printing Office built in 1898.
The biggest highlight here is the Spectacular City Model Show located on the first floor.
There is a seven-minute informative show about Kuala Lumpur overlooking a 12m x 15m replica of the city housing about 5,000 buildings.
The handmade replica was produced at the scale of 1:1500 based on the actual size of the city buildings. The model was completed within a year by 100 model makers and is a must-see at the gallery.
You can learn about old Kuala Lumpur here through reproduced posters from as early as 1897, old photographs and interesting people of the city from yesteryear.
There is a poster of a Bullock Cart Parade in conjunction with the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, which took place near what is now Dataran Merdeka. Interestingly, among the parade judges were prominent merchants and tin miners such as Loke Yew, Thamby Abdullah and Thamboosamy Pillai.
Informative insights on national heritage buildings in Kuala Lumpur such as the old Court of Appeal, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Royal Selangor Club are available at the gallery.
On the first floor is a miniature lineup of the tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur called the KL Skyline Sculpture including the Petronas Twin Towers, with details about the height and the architect of the building beneath the sculptures.
The gallery also houses many 3D miniature models depicting interesting city landmarks such as Dataran Merdeka and Chinatown.
Look out for an artwork inspired by the Sultan Abdul Samad Building called “Reflection”, a miniature size version of the heritage building that dangles from the ceiling.
The KL Reflection corner is great for photo opportunities where you can pose beside artistic impressions of the city through montages.
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery communications director Carol Khan said the gallery, unlike a museum, told the story of the past, present and future of the city.
“It is a hit with international tourists. Those who have a few hours to spend in Kuala Lumpur can come here to understand the city better. Malaysians will find it impressive, too.
“It is a great place to visit before you decide where to go or what to do in Kuala Lumpur and suited for both adults and children as it contains many handmade miniature replicas of the city.”
Visitors to the gallery can seek information on free guided tours around Dataran Merdeka.
The entrance fee is RM10. Visitors will be given a RM5 voucher to spend at the gallery’s souvenir shop.
For details, visit www.klcitygallery.com.my